Youth charged after man attacked, robbed

A 17-year-old Oamaru youth will appear in the Oamaru District Court today charged with aggravated robbery, after a man was attacked and his wallet stolen as he walked along Thames Highway yesterday morning.

The 39-year-old South Otago man, who was in Oamaru for a bowling tournament, was walking towards town just after 2am when he was approached by two young men at the intersection of Thames Highway and Foyle Sts.

He was hit in the head and they demanded his wallet which contained cash, credit cards and identification cards, Detective Sergeant Mike Ryder said.

The man staggered back to his motel and he was taken by ambulance to Oamaru Hospital, where he was treated and discharged.

He received an "extremely " black eye and his spectacles were broken. He will be X-rayed later this week.

A 17-year-old youth has been charged with aggravated robbery, while a 25-year-old Oamaru man has been charged with receiving proceeds from a robbery.

A further man, whose identity was known, was being sought by police in connection with the attack.

Police were also keen to locate the victim's black leather wallet.

Det Sgt Ryder said it was an extremely nasty incident, which happened on the main highway and in a well-lit area.

The man, who was very shaken, returned home yesterday.


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